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Number of meth labs in Kansas increasing, according to KBI

April 30, 2012


The Resurgence of Meth

Officials in southeast Kansas talk about the recent spike in methamphetamine use. They believe it can be attributed to the "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method. Enlarge video

Kansas saw a nearly 50-percent increase in methamphetamine lab incidents between 2010 and 2011, according to updated numbers provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Such incidents had declined in Kansas and across the country until recently, but Kansas saw meth lab incidents jump from 143 in 2010, to 204 last year.

In a March Journal-World article on the rise of meth labs in southeast Kansas, preliminary lab incident statistics stood at 187. However, the state received additional reports in early 2012, said Loretta Severin, drug strategy coordinator for the KBI.

National numbers of meth lab incidents for 2011 also increased from the preliminary statistics reported in January, up to 11,128 from 10,069.

Through the first three months of 2012, Kansas law enforcement have reported 24 meth lab incidents. Two of the counties profiled in the Journal-World article — Cherokee and Montgomery — lead the state so far this year with six and five incidents, respectively.

Officials from those counties have attributed the increase in meth lab incidents to the rise of the “one-pot,” or “shake and bake,” method that requires less equipment and quantity of pseudoephedrine to produce meth.

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Meth lab incidents in Kansas

The ebb and flow of meth lab incidents in Kansas mimics that of the rest of the country, which saw highs in the early 2000s, and now a resurgence. Kansas ranked 14th in the country in incidents in 2011.

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Meth lab incidents in Douglas County

Douglas County has by and large been spared the increase in meth lab incidents seen in southeast Kansas. Local law enforcement report that they have not yet seen the newer "one-pot" meth-making methods plaguing southeast Kansas.


Dan Rose 5 years, 7 months ago

Who says small businesses can't prosper in Kansas...

Kidding of course, but come on Law Enforcement - get on the stick!


Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 7 months ago

You mean an increase to 204 in 2011 from 850 in 2001, as in a 75% decrease.

I also hear that stupid statistics are also on the rise.

meggers 5 years, 7 months ago

Perhaps you missed this part:

'Such incidents had declined in Kansas and across the country until recently, but Kansas saw meth lab incidents jump from 143 in 2010, to 204 last year.'

Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 7 months ago

Did not miss that at all meggers. I was simply making the point, that the longer term data and one year data suggest highly different trends.

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 7 months ago

The national concern is that the numbers are ticking up again in Kansas and countrywide. And yes, obviously the numbers are way down from when meth production was at its height.

patkindle 5 years, 7 months ago

just some poor schmuck trying to make a buck or two from alll of the nice dopers in lawrence drugs are good, welcome to lawrence why work for a living , when you get it for free ?

tennor 5 years, 7 months ago

Should cakes, sweets or MacDonald’s be banned because some people eat too much? Should alcohol be banned because some people drink too much? I don’t know much about methamphetamine but I do know about amphetamine sulphate. For the addict amphetamine sulphate is very damaging, just like alcohol is for the alcoholic. My experience with drugs (and I should know because I use to sell drugs) is that some people, a tiny minority become addicts. The vast majority of people get enjoyment from drugs and suffer no ill effects. Think of alcohol, how many people’s lives are destroyed because of alcohol, and how many people enjoy alcohol. If alcohol was illegal today it would be a class-A drug and the news headlines would show only the addicts whose lives have been destroyed by alcohol. Why not allow people that want to take drugs the freedom to do so and help the people who become addicted. If a man or woman becomes addicted to gambling they have the option to opt out or ban themselves from a casino.

Recreational drugs should be sold from controlled venues allowing people to opt out if they feel they have a problem, or for the police to have the power to opt someone out if they are causing problems within the community because of drugs. A huge amount of tax payer’s money is wasted on the prohibition of drugs, most of the dangers are down to the fact that they are illegal, its time to end the war on drugs.

WaxAndWane 5 years, 7 months ago

I disagree. Weed should be legal, but I don't think it's a smart idea to legalize narcotics and highly addictive drugs like meth, heroin and coke. I've never known a pot smoker to rob a bank to support his habit, but that sort of thing happens with tweakers and heroin users every day. If they get addicted, who pays for their rehab? Also, I can eventually see drug addicts filing lawsuits against the state government for making narcotics accessible to them.

Liberty275 5 years, 7 months ago

Do you really believe government should dictate what people can and can't do with their own bodies?

focusonlaw 5 years, 7 months ago

This statistic is partially based on arrests made in conjunction with the state placing meth from the Police evidence locker near (I repeat, NEAR) the target of their investigation and calling it a meth lab. Some call it a sting, others call it a setup; the state calls it a moneymaker. With seizure laws allowing seizure of the target's assets prior to adjudication of the charge, the state is nearly guaranteed success of a double payoff. Fines levied, attorney's paid, court costs, holding facilities, prison costs all of which promote an increase in the State's coffers. In addition they now have assets gained from the seizure sans 'due process'. It's not only a win-win financially but politically, they get to report that another "meth lab" has been shut down. I would anticipate that as long as this behavior by the state is profitable, that we will continue seeing headlines of this ilk. I'm against drugs. I do not condone their illegal use or production, but the State of Kansas has gone out of its way to turn this law into a "golden egg". Sorry if I ruffled any feathers.

acg 5 years, 7 months ago

I can't eat and I can't sleep but I've got the cleanest house on the street. Oh meth, ooh meth......

Get these hairs all out of my face. Get these bugs all out of this place. One more hit no time to waste. Oh meth, ooh meth.....

patkindle 5 years, 7 months ago

so it is bad the law can make money arresting drug peddlers?

it is a shame they cannot make money from all criminals how about taking anyones car that is driving over 100 mph?

esteshawk 5 years, 7 months ago

Focus' point was the seizure of assets prior to conviction. This makes the cops judge and jury and deprives people of due process. This is a tactic used by totalitarian societies.

ottawaway 5 years, 7 months ago

Tennor, YOU need to put the pipe down!!!!

Mandie Eutsler 5 years, 7 months ago

Crap. Now we won't be able to make fun of Mizzwho fans...

nut_case 5 years, 7 months ago

Maybe if we had to supply THREE forms of ID when buying an allergy tablet....that would really put them out of business.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 7 months ago

It's nice to see the new Attorney General's priorities.

It's all about economic development, right AG Schmidt?

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